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Born to be Wild?

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Just like most kids, some of my oldest memories involve two wheels. For instance, on my 11th birthday, I received my first “real” bicycle. But this wasn’t just any bike, this was the super cool Huffy Rail, the one with the 5-speed stick-shift, rear cheater slick, sissy bar, banana seat, ape hangers, and metallic grips. Talk about your Easy Rider...

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Sex, Drags, and Rock-n-Roll

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Is there anything better? Maybe. But these are a few of my favorite things...and this being our Man Issue, it seems only fitting that we offer a little of each.

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My Titanic Moment

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

A few years ago…okay, many years ago! Like, 45 years ago, during a period of unusually harsh oppressive rule (I was grounded—again), my buddy at the time, David (also grounded—again), and I set about devising our own Great Escape.

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A Little Self Promotion

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

We're a pretty proud bunch over here at the magazine…and with good reason. Our job is celebrating the best of life and business in Bakersfield and Kern County...

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OMG, I've been “frugaled”!

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Those that know me know I have an obsession with PopTarts (see editor’s letter 29-3); Cherry PopTarts to be exact. Per the Kellogg's web site, they're the kind “with cherry flavored filling, pink frosting, and sparkly red sprinkles, it's a cherry on top of a cherry, if you can imagine that” –and boy can I...

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Rock-n-Roll All Night

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Back before MTV, the Internet, and iPods; and prior to $300 VIP meet-n-greets and international farewell/retro-comeback tours, rock concerts were a way of life for me and my friends...

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People Let Me Tell You ‘bout My Best Friend...

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Growing up in the ‘60s and ‘70s, one of my most vivid memories is of the TV show The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, although I don't really remember any of the particular episodes per se—I mean, I was like six or seven—but it's that opening sequence and theme song that is always popping in my head and leaving me with a warm feeling inside. Driving down the street—“pop.” On the phone—“pop.” Awaken in the middle of the night—“pop, pop”...

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If Only It Would Rain...

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

I'm not sure what possessed me, but during high school I had the bright idea of trying out for the BHS Drillers football team...

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Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy Anniversary!

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

WOW! The Big 3-0... 30 years... 1,560 weeks... 10,950 days ...262,800 hours... 15,768,000 minutes—and we've loved every second of it. Well maybe not every second, but you get the idea...

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Phew! Where has the time gone?

Written by Anika Henrikson

Phew! Where has the time gone? I didn’t realize it had been so long since I last blogged until Mike casually asked me if I had forgotten how to use the internet machine.

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Gentlemen, Start Your...Pigeons?

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Kern County has been the birthplace of some pretty famous racing teams and drivers. From the Mears Gang and Warren, Coburn, and Miller; to Kevin Harvick—the list goes on. And that’s just in autos...

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Written by Bakersfield Magazine

When it comes to change, I fear it as much as the next guy. Maybe more (just ask my wife). Sure, some changes are inevitable, and I usually agree after the fact that it was for the better. I mean, I finally got internet service that doesn't sound like a CB radio when you log in!

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“The Curse”

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Like most kids, going to the movies was part of my youth. But as a family, going to the theater together was a no-no; taboo; strictly off limits!

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I Don't Do Lunch

Written by Bakersfield Magazine


Having been single for a number of years after my divorce, Mom and Dad—well, mostly Mom—being the ever-so-thoughtful parents that they are, decided it was high-time for me to have a “friend...”

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The Making of a Cover (and other true lies)

Written by Bakersfield Magazine


Of all the pieces and parts that go into the magazine each issue, the cover is by far the most difficult. It’s a painstaking process that requires the talents of many to bring together a representative image of the current theme.

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Um, Hello, Mom...?”

Written by Bakersfield Magazine


We’d been planning this night forever. I’m not sure who appointed us—I imagine we took it upon ourselves, being part of a clique known as “the parking lot pack” at school, since that’s where we spent most of our Senior year. It was sorta like our unspoken obligation. Neither jocks nor nerds, we fell somewhere in the middle...

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The Adventures of MaggieZeen

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Look! Up in the sky!

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My name is Mike and I’m a trivia junkie!

Written by Bakersfield Magazine


I have some pretty fond memories of growing up. But in an otherwise great childhood, there were a few dark moments. One of those was, ironically, “family game night...”

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What a difference a decade makes...

Written by Anika Henrikson


I can't believe it's 2012. The year 2012 always seemed so far away when I was a kid. Like, really far away. Maybe it's because I had so many expectations for my life when I was younger. Maybe it's because the last 10 years have gone by so quickly that it's hard to imagine so much time has passed since I yearned to marry Elijah Wood (like I did in 1992) and drive around in a pink car while listening to Ace of Base (actual fantasy, ladies and gentlemen).

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Riding Shotgun

Written by Bakersfield Magazine


It’s 3 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving and I’m stumbling around in the dark, trying to wake up and get my bearings. I’m not even dressed yet; he’s ready—has been since 1 a.m. I find my way to the kitchen for a fix of caffeine and he’s pinging around the room like he’s indulged several times, talking a mile a minute with the excitement befitting a kid that just got his first kiss...

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